BME 3300: Biomedical Engineering Design

Why Search Patents?

Search and review others patents to understand:

  • technical specifications/innovations
  • product designs
  • competitive differences/advantages
  • players (competitors; inventors)

Where to start your search:

Types of Patents

There are 3 main types of patents:

  1. Utility: for the new and useful process, machine, manufacture, the composition of matter or any new and useful improvement thereof.
  2. Design: appearance of an item is protected. Patent must be an original design for a manufactured item.
  3. Plant: for invented or discovered and asexually reproduced distinct and new variety of plant, including cultivated sports, mutants, hybrids, newly found seedlings, and living organisms.